Next headache after floods – leptospirosis – DOH Sec. Ona

MALAYBALAY CITY – The next headache communities might face after flooding is leptospiroris, Health Sec. Enrique Ona said.

Ona told Bukidnon News the communities should be prepared also of the disease brought by rats in flooded areas.

He cited the flooded areas in Mindanao such as Cotabato, Davao, and other cities as prone to the disease especially those with high population of rats.

He stressed the DOH’s advice for the people to prevent leptospirosis by avoiding to wade in floodwaters, and to wear protective wear if unavoidable.

Leptospirosis, an infection usually transmitted to humans from water contaminated by animal urine commonly rats, comes in contact with cuts in the skin, eyes, or with the mucous membranes.

Among the symptoms include fever, chills, intense headache. Complications could be meningitis, renal failure, respiratory distress, may arise and lead to death.

The Department of Health put this year’s nationwide cases of leptospirosis as 65.4-percent higher compared to the same period last year, wherein 315 cases were reported with 38 deaths.

Ona was in town to visit the Provincial Government of Bukidnon’s health systems, including provincial hospitals and the Provincial Indigency Health Program, which he said, were “very impressive”. He accompanied Dr. Shin Young Soo, the Western Pacific Regional Director of the World Health Organization to the Bukidnon Provincial Medical

The two officials attended the Universal Health Care Conference for Northern and Western Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro City this week. (Walter I. Balane)


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